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Bali trip, 2 weeks in Mid June

Posted by missdenniilee on 13/4/2018 at 04:44

Hi all, need some itinerary help. Me and my partner, mid-30s, are rather run down by the rat race and are looking for an easy, relaxed escape. Bali is high on our list so we are trying to figure out a plan.

We want a mix of interior/mountain with some beach time with no more than 3 stops in 14 days (ideally 2 stops). We want to plonk and explore rather than move about every 3-4 days.

We love dramatic landscapes, (I'm a big lover of volcanic areas), local experiences, relaxing by the pool, massages, local food.

First stop, we are considering Ubud at the start of the trip spending 6ish nights. We'd stay a little out of town so that we can relax, do day trips to areas like Sideman, perhaps Munduk, and go into Ubud for food and busyness when we feel like it.

For the rest of the time, we've been looking at Sanur , Candidasa, Gilli Air, Lombok Kuta perhaps?, but finding it hard to choose. We're looking for a topical beach escape, with resort accommodation that feels like a splurge, in an area that isn't party overridden like kuta but still has some access to local attractions and restaurants. We're not keen on Nuda Dusa - areas that are just luxury resorts built for tourists (I could be wrong but I'm imagining this area is like Denerau in Fiji).

We did consider something like Ubud-Amed-Gilli as an itinerary with perhaps a night or 2 in Sanur before we head back home.

Any help/advice very much appreciated!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 14/4/2018 at 17:00 admin

Hi,

A few thoughts:

Sidemen and Munduk are both too far from Ubud to make for a comfortable day trip, I mean, you could do it, but you’d be spending most of your time in a car.

So, if you are set on a stretch around Ubud you could do that, then continue to Sidemen for a few days and then push on from there to Amed for your beach stretch before returning to fly out via Candi Dasa or Sanur (or direct—Amed to the airport is now around 3 hours by car).

You could add in the Gilis (from Amed for eg) but you’d lose the best part of two days in the getting there and away transport.

For volcanic areas, consider a side trip to Gunung Batur from Ubud—pretty spectacular.

More questions, ask away.

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Posted by flijten on 17/4/2018 at 11:19

We loved Amed for its low key appearance and the diving. We also liked Lovina, but big chunks were down to the perfect little hotel, we mainly daytripped from there by motorbike. Both are alternatives to the "party south" but they do lack the georgous beaches.

With that in mind, Kuta Lombok as beach getaway is actually a pretty solid option. Kuta Lombok has a coll range of restaurants and a lively feel without being a party place. And it offers bay after bay of ridiculously beautiful beaches.

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Posted by missdenniilee on 20/4/2018 at 17:32

Thanks all - really helpful!

We're now considering Ubud - Pemuteran - Sanur so that we can see all the things we'd like to see to and from Pemuteran (Munduk, twin lakes, Batur hot springs, Sideman).

A few have suggested Pemuteran as a great beach escape - though it doesn't have the white sand/turquoise waters of the Gilli's, it does have gorgeous mountain ranges and views across to Java.

Otherwise, we were also considering Ubud - Nusa Lembongan - Sanur, though as you've said, this puts Ubud at a stretch to see the things we'd like to see, but gives us the white-sands tropical beach experience.

So really it comes down to Pemuteran and Nusa Lembongan for us. Many forums debate these two destinations, with many voting for Pemuteran. Have any of you been and would you concur?

Many thanks

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Posted by flijten on 21/4/2018 at 00:52

I haven't been to permuteran, bit did spend a short week on Lembongan. I really liked the island, but we mainly used it as a diving base. It has beaches but I don't think they hit the tropical beach paradise mark very well. Unless I missed a secret beach that is :)

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Posted by somtam2000 on 21/4/2018 at 07:24 admin

I wouldn't say Pemuteran had a great beach—I mean there is sand there and all, but Bali has far far better beaches than there. If you take a look at the main Pemuteran page here on Travelfish, there are a couple of pics of the beach—it has sand :) And yes there are hills behind it, though I can't recall an impressive Java outlook from the beach. The title pic (which has Java in the background) is from The Menjangan, a resort over near the island...

If you want to dive or snorkel then yes, Pemuteran is worth a look, but otherwise, it is a long way in the opposite direction to many of the other points you are considering.

Most of Bali’s classic white sand beaches are in the far south, on the Bukit Peninsula (so about 1-1.5 hours drive from Sanur depending on traffic) There are a couple of others, notably White Sand Beach near Candi Dasa, but as you can see from the pics on that page it isn't always white!

So, if you were to go as far as Sidemen then turn back you could cover the rest. Nusa Lembongan will be very bust in June, we have a wrap on the accommodation there here.

Hope that helps!

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Posted by missdenniilee on 21/4/2018 at 17:11

somtam2000 thanks so much, that does help! We came to the same conclusion about Pemuteran and are sticking with the Nusa Lembongan plan. Your accommodation wrap is very helpful.

Was wondering if Nusa Ceningan would be an alternative if we wanted to be in a little quieter spot (as you say NL will be busy in June). Checking out your accommodation wrap now.

We plan to be on NL for 7 nights, so we may split our time between Jungut Batu and somewhere further south on NL, or Ceningan.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 21/4/2018 at 19:20 admin

You’re welcome

Seven nights is quiet a chunk on Nusa Lembongan—I do like Nusa Ceningan quite a lot so certainly worth considering.

Our coverage of nearby Nusa Penida is quite old, but the island does have some breathtaking beaches and plenty of accommodation now (check Agoda or Booking for an idea) and it is also worth considering. This post by a friend of mine from last year quickly sums up some of Penida’s appeal.

Cheers

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